Back in the 1995, the Internet as we know it today was just getting organized. There were only 23,500 web sites on the entire Internet (vs. 1.6 billion sites in 2019). Yahoo's tree index – a collection of static web pages – was the "Google" of the day.
The National Science Foundation saw a need for an index site like Yahoo, but dedicated specifically to educators, explaining the Internet and indexing and organizing education specific resources.
The Virtual Public Library - Instructional Media Center - vpl-imc.org - was the result of that 1995 NSF initiative.
As with most initiatives, funding eventually ended for the web site. Rather than shutting down this resource, Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum, one of the original site creators, adopted the site on behalf of the Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation.
Over the years this site has gone thru a number of reorganizations – and a couple of name changes – as it adjusts to the evolution of the Internet and the changing needs of its core audience, the K-12 education community.
Today, rather than trying to be all things to all people, we focus on highlighting best-of-breed resources, ideas for interdisciplinary learning, and to be a clearinghouse for educator concerns and needs.
We receive no advertising, government, or corporate funding. This allows us to be an independent voice, indexing the-best-of-the-web for the K-12 education community without restrictions or agenda.
Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum - Librarian
Dr. Tenenbaum was instrumental in the creation of the library and continued to curate content and provide guidance right up until her passing in October, 2020. She will be greatly missed.
You can learn more about Bonnie here.
We Need Your Help!
As noted in our Winter 2021 Newsletter, we are going thru a period of transition with the passing of Bonnie Tenenbaum last October.
Please take a moment to answer our quick 4 minute survey. We are looking for ideas and contributors to keep K12IRC relevant going forward. Your input will help.
We are an entirely-free-to-use resource for the K-12 community. There are no payment, registration or e-mail address requirements.
K12IRC.org is a project of the Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation. They cover all site costs. We receive no advertising, corporate or government funding.
This Internet Resource Center catalogs over 2,500 web and video resources. Dive in and learn something new. Do a search, check out some suggestions, or scan the Table of Contents to see all the topics we index.
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Chris Daley - Webmaster
Chris Daley, owner of Lodestone Systems, is the webmaster for K12IRC.org. He created all the programing used for the current site and helps maintain the collection.
Richard "Rick" Loek provided the initial programming support when Dr. Tenenbaum (on behalf of the Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation) first adopted the site.
Cinthia Schmidt was instrumental in the "makeover" of Alice, our site mascot.
Jason Grotte created a great set of icons that were used in an earlier version of this site.
Joaquin Mariscales contributed additional artwork and layout ideas for the site.
Lodestone Systems has been involved with the site since 1999 and provides web site hosting and technical support.
This Internet Resource Center was originally developed in part under the auspices of the National Science Foundation through a contract to TERC in Cambridge, MA with a subcontract to CommerceNet.
No endorsement of the contents of this site by NSF is implied.
The Technical Education Research Centers (now just TERC) was one of the organizations originally involved in creating this Internet Resource Center.
CommerceNet did much of the original work to create the web site, and provided web hosting thru May, 2000.